|For Those Who Think Young|
|Directed by||Leslie H. Martinson|
|Produced by||Hugh Benson|
Howard W. Koch
|Written by||James O'Hanlon|
|Story by||Dan Beaumont|
|Music by||Jerry Fielding|
|Cinematography||Harold E. Stine|
|Edited by||Frank P. Keller|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1,600,000 (US/ Canada)|
For Those Who Think Young is a 1964 beach party film shot in Techniscope, directed by Leslie H. Martinson and featuring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, Nancy Sinatra, Robert Middleton, Ellen Burstyn (billed as Ellen McRae), Claudia Martin and Woody Woodbury.
Rich kid and party animal Gardner Pruitt III (James Darren), known as "Ding" to his friends, is on the prowl for a new conquest in the form of teenager Sandy Palmer (Pamela Tiffin). In the meantime, Ding's influential grandfather, B.S. Cronin (Robert Middleton) wants to curtail the romance and shut down a popular local college teen hangout.
Sandy's guardians Sid Hoyt (Paul Lynde) and Woody Woodbury (playing himself) get mixed up in the proceedings, with Woody becoming the college kid's hero at the hangout. That sends up a red flag to the college administration, which sends in Dr. Pauline Swenson to investigate allegations of underage drinking.
When the clever kids discover that ex-gangster Grandpa Cronin used to be a bootlegger, they blackmail him into keeping the club open.
- James Darren ... Gardner 'Ding' Pruitt III
- Pamela Tiffin ... Sandy Palmer
- Paul Lynde ... Uncle Sid Hoyt
- Tina Louise ... Topaz McQueen
- Bob Denver ... Kelp
- Nancy Sinatra ... Karen Cross
- Robert Middleton ... Burford B. Sanford 'Nifty' Cronin
- Claudia Martin ... Sue Lewis
- Ellen Burstyn ... Dr. Pauline Swenson (billed as Ellen McRae)
- Woody Woodbury ... Uncle Woody Woodbury
- Louis Quinn ... Gus Kestler
- Sammee Tong ... Clyde
- Jimmy Griffin ... Singer
- George Raft ... Detective Lieutenant
- Roger Smith ... Smitty the Detective
- Addison Richards ... Dean Watkins
- Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Mousie
- Benny Baker ... Lou
- Anna Lee ... Laura Pruitt
- Jack La Rue ... Cronin's Business Associate
- Allen Jenkins ... Col. Leslie Jenkins
- Robert Armstrong ... Norman Armstrong
"For Those Who Think Young"
In 1961 Pepsi Cola decided to change their slogan from "Be Sociable" (which had been used since 1958) to "Now It's Pepsi For Those Who Think Young". They did the launch as part of a $34 million campaign.
The film began as a script called A Young Man's Fancy. The rights were bought by Frank Sinatra's Essex Productions. Dolores Hart was going to star. Then James Darren and Ann-Margret were going to star. Pamela Tiffin replaced Ann Margret.
The title was changed to For Those Who Think Young in order to tie it in with Pepsi. Finance was obtained from United Artists.
It featured the film debuts of Nancy Sinatra and Claudia Martin (daughter of Dean Martin) as well as a leading role for nightclub comedian Woody Woodbury, then the host of television's Who Do You Trust?. Ellen Burstyn, who plays the part of Dr. Pauline Swenson, is listed in the credits as Ellen McRae, and famous surfer Mickey Dora is a college boy extra.
Filming started August 14, 1963 at Paramount Studios.
The white semi-convertible that James Darren's character drives is a radically restyled stock $18,000 1963 Buick Riviera, designed by Burbank customizer George Barris originally to be his personal car.
Sam Arkoff of AIP later called the use of the title "the most ridiculous, hidebound, stupid concept I can think of. To put a midde aged slogan on a youth picture. What kid would go to see a film called For Those Who Think Young?"
Jerry Fielding, later famous for his television themes, composed the score for the film.
Bob Denver sings "Ho Daddy, Surf's Up" and "Ho Daddy, Surf's Up (Reprise)."
Jimmy Griffin (later founder member of the 1970s band Bread), performs the song "I'm Gonna Walk All Over This Land", accompanied by Paul Johnson (of The Bel-Airs), Glen Grey and Richard Delvy (both of The Challengers).
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